The Recess Room

18380 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708


  • Daily, 5-10:30 p.m.
  • No Alcohol
The Recess Room is a gastropub in Fountain Valley. The Recess Room’s signature dish is a deep-fried decapitated pig’s head. Yes, a pig’s head, with its tongue, teeth, gums, eyeball, snout, and ear intact, served to you face up on a butcher’s block. And since the skull was also bifurcated lengthwise by band saw before it was deep fried, when you flip it over, you also get an MRI view of its facial bone structure from the inside. Try it, but know that The Recess Room is a better restaurant beyond that the gimmick. This is the Asian-leaning gastropub OC has been waiting for, with chummy waiters, a great setting, and inventive food from Chef Sergioivan Ortega, who used to cook at Arc and Providence.

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